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Resolutions, a Call to Action

As we are approaching the end of the year, most of us are waiting for the very last minute to proclaim our New Year’s Resolutions. We don’t have to make any changes until January 1, so on December 31, we can still run wild with our bad habits. We can polish off that last box of chocolates without feeling guilty. Let’s face it, most of us are not truly ready to give our unhealthy patterns up. But in our hearts, we are hoping and crossing our fingers that just maybe we can stick to our grandiose list of changes we want or need to make during the coming year. But most people don’t have a plan of action, they just step into the new year hoping some magic will happen.

It’s said that around 90% of resolutions are never executed or fizzle out after the first week. Our hopes, dreams, desires and aspirations are cut down before they could blossom. So what can we do to make some of our resolutions a reality? Here are a few simple step and ideas to ponder.

Don’t make your list so long and lofty. Write down three things you really want to change or make happen during the coming year. Any more than three resolutions can overwhelm and fluster you before you begin. Some people are even narrowing it down to one resolution. They are going to focus on one goal and achieve this first before they start another goal. You could still have your three goals, just prioritize them and realize them one at a time.

Revisiting the Same Old Resolution. Some of us keep working on the same resolution year after year after year, and may have flashbacks on our unsuccessful attempts. But, it’s a new year and there are new resources, new ideas and new strategies to implement, so let the past go. Decide to have a different mindset and only focus on moving forward with positive steps and encouraging thoughts. Like the Jedi’s say, “Your focus is your future.” If you keep seeing yourself fail, it will most likely be your reality.

Is This For Me? Another thing to consider about rehashing the same goal over and over every year, is discerning if this is the right resolution for you. Are you being told by friends, family or society what you should do, but you’re not feeling it? Be honest with yourself and work on things you want to change. Don’t be bullied or coerced into something that isn’t right for you. You will inevitably fail if it’s not what you really want.

Take Action. Once you’ve made a commitment, be precise and have a plan of action to follow. You’ve thought and pondered about this for a whole year, so you should have detailed ideas and a realistic plan for achieving your goal.

Journal and Record Your Journey. Writing down how you feel and jotting down the forward actions you are taking will encourage you to continue. Make a chart to track your progress, but don’t be hard on yourself if you take a step back. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about changing your lifestyle at your own pace to reflect the goals you want to attain.

Meditation and visualization. More people are turning to mindfulness and the power of their minds to manifest their desires. Two ways of doing this are through meditation and visualization. Many set an intention, envision it manifesting in their lives and take conscious steps to make it come to fruition.

There is no right or wrong way about honoring your resolutions. Each one of us are uniquely different and will have our own approach to making our resolutions successful. Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and guidance on how to attain them effectively, but it’s still up to us to create our own success.

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  • Wow a action plan is amazing to go by . As most off us dont keep them we get off track thanks for this useful information

  • I know I didn’t accomplish my resolution this year, although I was looking back and thinking how I did manage things that I had found very difficult and managed to put off. I already know a few things I should put for resolutions, and seeing how I feel encouraged by this past year, I might even write them down, including carrying forward the one I didn’t accomplish, but need to try harder on that one.

  • I have a hard time with resolutions, took me 2 years of trying to quit smoking. 4 months ago I quit, I take 1 day at a time. My goal is to reduce sugar as it as increase since I quit smoking.

  • To walk even further than I can now without my cane, I was told I would be confined to a wheel chair by now and I am going to keep proving that wrong!!

  • Having a good game plan is definitely a must. I am planning on shedding a few bad habits I picked up this year, a plan is in order.

  • I usually don’t make any but this year I have decided to work on getting my diabetes under control, getting tired of all these highs and taking insulin twice a day!

  • I don’t really make resolutions due to the fact I usually never follow through with them. So instead I just try to be better than I was the previous year. I try to give more, love more, volunteer more.

  • I like the tips and ideas for making and keeping resolutions in this article. I think I would definitely start with one resolution since I haven’t made one before and try the journalling and mindfulness meditation.

  • mine is to continue with my weight loss plan, this year I lost 80 lbs and my goal is to lose another 50, it was kind of a shock to my system to see how much weight I put on over the past 15 yrs

  • I got this 5min Gratitude Journal for Christmas. 5min every morning & every night. It is my goal to use this journal in the new year as part of my self care improvement goal. Just 10mins a day for me 🙂

  • Every year I resolve to lose weight. I started a membership at a fitness center. I still have not lost any weight ! I go 5 days a week. I know it’s more of a behavior modification I need. I am a stress eater. So this year, I tackle that !

  • I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution in 2019. I’m going to be eating healthier. I’ve rid my kitchen cabinets of all junk food & will not be buying anything processed. I’ve already switched to Stevia & I’m ready to accomplish my goals!

  • My New Year’s resolution is to make more friends and look forward to each new day, as we never know what to expect. Spread love.

  • My resolution is the same every year… to eat healthier and lose weight. It never happens! But this year my doctor has insisted that I do it so thank you for the tips. I need all the help I can get.

  • I stopped making New Years resolutions a long time ago unless it was something I knew I could not fail at ! Every year I would say I would quit smoking but was never able to do it !!

  • That’s definitely me – choosing the same resolution every year! I like the idea of assessing your goals to see if they are attainable or not. Sets you up for success instead of failure.

  • I’m really bad at keeping my resolutions. This year, my strategy is to come up with a ton of resolutions for different areas of my life. I know that I’m not going to accomplish all of them, but plan to be able to cross a few off the list by next year. This is my first year trying this, so we shall see how it goes.

  • My resolution is to get back into my morning walking. I am turning 60. I never had my licence. I got cancer and had to travel 1hr. away for treatment. If my hubby did not get sick and need surgery where he needed 1month to recoop I would have been in trouble. So I decided I needed a lic. Which has made me lazy and I drive no Where I used to walk every where. I am starting to feel the affects. Move it or loose it.

  • That’s me filling up on those chocolates and chips with good intentions for the New Year to cut them out. I find the older I get the harder it is to stick to something. Thank you for the tips.

  • Last year was a challenge health wise and stayed close to home. I want to become more flexible and have signed up for chair yoga, not really any resolutions but want to enjoy nature more and get out for walks with my husband and best friend.

  • I make small goals all the time. January 1st is a convenient time to start a new goal, but I try not to focus too much on that date. Lately, I’ve been using ‘just do it’ as my mantra to get things done. Have a million things to do? Need to get that walk in? Just do it. Drop everything and do it. 🙂

  • These are great suggestions. I tend to make resolutions and then not stick to them so I stopped making them. I will give some of these things a try.

  • I usually do a general, “lose weight, exercise more” resolution. But this year I’m being much more specific with myself: I’m to use my Pilates reformer at least 3 times a week.

  • I have resolved to eat less meat in 2019. I do not intend to become a vegetarian but I want to limit eating meat to just 2 or 3 meals a week.

  • I have been on a “decluttering mission” for the last 5 years. I have one room to go – the basement. It is designed to be a den, but we can’t enjoy the room as long as it is filled with junk and clutter. So, I resolve to get the basement under control by purging and donating the excess, so we can once again use the room for its intended purpose.

  • I managed to reduce my weight last year by 30 lbs. I plan on doing it again this year. Keep the faith and work your plan!

  • I don’t usually make a resolution. But I think I may start journaling again. It’s a great way to keep track of the year.

  • I am terrible a sticking to resolutions but have decided to call them goals and only make one or two. This year my goal is to be more organized.

  • I never make resolutions, but this year I thought I’d try to make a list of things I want to focus on and change over the course of the year. I haven’t sat down to write them out, but I am going to tomorrow and place them on the fridge so I can see them and be reminded daily. We want to make more meals at home (been meal planning and printing out slow cooker recipes all day) and I want to spend more time outside, including taking more walks with my family.

  • Since retiring I’ve found it far too easy to sit around. I am going to start walking again and eating a little healthier. Less junk food.

  • Choosing only a few things is a great idea! If I try to change too many things at once, I set myself up for failure. This year, I want to cut back on eating out and picking up coffees, etc. I’ve done good so far! Its only been a week, but we’ve made food at home with the help of a crockpot and I’ve been making my own coffee each morning. Its been working out great and I hope I’ll be really in the habit in a few weeks.

  • I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I find them a waste of time. When I want to do/change something I do it whatever time of year it is.

  • I am committed to my gut health this year. Probiotics and just treating my stomach, etc with love. Feeding it things that help it flourish.

  • I like the idea of choosing just 3 things and hopefully I will accomplish 1 of them. This year I’m journaling again in the hopes of it helping with my weight loss resolution of 2019.

  • My New Years Resolution is to get back on Keto again. I did Keto before the Holidays and lost 24 lbs in a month and stopped for the Holidays. Can’t wait to get back on and lose wait and feel great again.

  • It’s always easier to make the plan than to follow through. Following through and taking action is definitely the most important step.

  • I quit making resolutions years ago, the only thing I knew for sure was that I was going to fail so I just learned to not set myself up for that.

  • I did make a New Year’s resolution to lose 20-25 pounds. I already lost 25 pounds last year and I think I can do it again. I just need to get started.

  • I just can’t seem to get meditation to work for me. I can’t calm myself. I think I’m going to try putting a sheet over me while I do it

  • These are really wonderful tips! I often have trouble staying motivated with my New Year’s resolutions, but this year will be different! I’ve planned out an exercise schedule,
    adjusted my sleeping habits, and have already started towards my goal of getting healthier.

  • My new years resolution is to try to get up and going alot more, I have not been doing that much in the past couple of years!

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